Prizes & Awards

WIN MONEY FOR COLLEGE & YOUR OTHER DREAMS

The 10​0 teams with the best ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and/or around the world will win cash prizes of up to $100,000 that they can save for college and/or use to chase their dreams. 

1st PLACE: $5,000 2nd PLACE: $2,000  3rd PLACE: $1,000 

Project Paradigm will select one of the First Place teams as the Grand Prize winner. A team of four or more qualifying members that wins the Grand Prize will share $100,000 instead of the First Place Prize.

If a First Place, Second Place, Third Place, or Grand Prize team has less than four qualifying members, each qualifying member will receive 25% of the team prize amount listed above.

The remaining 91 Finalists will receive a cash prize of up to $200 per team. All Finalist team members also will receive an official Finalist t-shirt.

WIN A TRIP TO LOS ANGELES

Up to four team members from each First Place and Grand Prize team (and a parent or guardian for each such team member) will receive a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony. 

JOIN A MOVEMENT & CHASE YOUR DREAMS

Each participant in the Challenge is part of a movement to reduce waste and improve sustainability.  We believe in the power of youth and we encourage each participant to build on this experience and find additional ways to affect positive change in the world.  The $250,000 prize pool rewards the best ideas and helps youth chase their dreams.  The winners can decide whether to use the prize money as a college scholarship, attend a science or art camp, start a small business, donate to worthy causes, or whatever else they dream about.  All we ask is that you dream big and keep us posted of your accomplishments! 

100 CASH PRIZES

$100,000

Grand Prize (1)

$5,000

First Place Prizes (2)

$2,000

Second Place Prizes (3)

$1,000

Third Place Prizes (3)

$200

Finalist Prizes (91)

LA AWARDS CEREMONY

Top 3 teams will win a trip to Los Angeles that includes:

  • Hotel & Airfare
  • Limo to Ceremony
  • Tuxedo/Dress Rental
  • Tickets to Cool Stuff
  • Spending Cash

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARDS

The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite Finalist and the top ten teams will share cash awards.